The marriage of an Indian woman, Jessica Haye, 38, to Jesus Christ, the son of God in the town of Fort Wayne, United States of America on Saturday attracted people in their hundreds.
The 38-year-old Haye became a consecrated virgin after the ceremony.
Consecrated virgins are similar to nuns but do not live in convents and are not saddled with any responsibility by the Catholic Church.
Hayes who is a theology teacher at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, said she opted to become a consecrated virgin after praying for years and doing some soul-searching.
The 38-year-old stressed that she will continue her normal life at home, though she will not be able to marry or have sex for the rest of her life.
“My students asked if they should call me Mrs. Hayes when I come back to school next week, and no, I’m still Ms. But I am married to Jesus.”
“As a consecrated virgin, Hayes may not have ‘knowing and deliberately’ engaged in sexual relations in the past.
“I think that in some sense, we’re all called to be married. It’s just a matter of discerning how. So, my marriage is to Christ and someone else’s marriage is to their spouse,” she said.
The matrimony which was conducted by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception said, ‘It seems most appropriate that Jessica gives herself totally to Jesus, is consecrated to a life of virginity.’
While reacting to the large number of people who turned out for the event despite been a stranger, Haye said they turned up because they were ‘interested’ and she was pleased with the turnout.
“Now that I’ve made a public commitment, that’s really an encouragement to me to live up to that because people know that this is who I am and my life needs to be lived in conformity with that,’ she explained.
“So, it’s one more step in that direction that others expect this way of life from me and I need to live consistently in my words and actions that love for Jesus.
“I’m so happy to have had so many witnesses at the wedding because there may be others that the Lord is calling in this way that have now heard of this life and can consider it in their prayer.’
The 38-year-old Hayes is the first woman to become a consecrated virgin in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese in the last 25 years
By Seun Opejobi dailypost.ng on August 19, 2015